Legislature: A slap for Macron, who according to the press will have to make laws due to the lack of a clear majority

“Slap”, “slap”, “humiliating defeat”, “hard denial”… The French press this Monday morning does not have strong enough words to describe the camp’s setback in the runoff elections. President Emmanuel Macron, who, according to the editors, will have to learn to compose.

A close look at the front page of most newspapers shows this for right-wing newspapers like the one on the left, with Emmanuel Macron’s face bowed in “Liberation” or “Les Echos” or pursed lips in “Aujourd’hui en France”. , personal defeat of the Head of State.

Anti-Macron referendum

Another observation made by the press, the results of these elections, once again reflects the rejection of the real or presumed personality of the Head of State. “A reverse mirror of the presidential election, this second round of legislative elections strongly resembles a referendum against Macron,” so Alexis Brézet sums up in “Le Figaro,” which evokes “a brutal lesson for the head of state.”

For Jean-Marcel Bouguereau, in the “Republic of the Pyrenees”, “voters felt that Jupiter, with its booted deputies, did not give the Assembly the role it deserved”. While at “L’Est Républicain”, Sébastien Georges went further and said, “The French are fed up with the dominance of one man and his camp. They forced the parties to run differently.”

It’s an “obligation to compose”, which Frédéric Barrilé underlines in “Le Maine Libre”. Frédéric Vézard, in his “latest news from Alsace”, believes that all political forces “will have to make a cultural revolution”.


However, if the situation is very sensitive for the Head of State, the situation need not necessarily be prevented. And in the end it only blocks its front page with the word “Governable” on the “Today in France” front page. Other papers don’t seem to believe in a deadlock situation. “Ouest-France” decides that “the country is not ungovernable” and Stéphane Vernay in his editorial thinks that “power should be shared again. It is the election of voters who impose a heavy treatment of modesty on the master of the clocks through the ballot box. (…) La République en Marche can no longer impose anything on its own. Or by forming a new alliance with Les Républicains. Either by negotiating each text, tomorrow, on a case-by-case basis”.

An analysis shared by Patrick Jankielewicz in “La Voix du Nord” states that “the president will need some key qualities that seem lacking in him: to really listen to the country and its living forces, to leave room for negotiation, to stop forming commissions.” burying problems, learning to create and develop a culture of consensus”.

According to Maud Vergnol of “L’Humanité”, “To implement the program of social harm, Emmanuel Macron will have to deal with the right LR, the only auxiliary force available”. According to Laurent Bodin, in “L’Alsace” “LR MPs find themselves in a strong position”, also “This Monday in France, an unprecedented way of living together begins in the National Assembly,” says Laurent Bodin.

… or coalition?

“Even if it is seen as an ugly word by political parties, why not a coalition? Sébastien from “L’Est Républicain” asks Georges. An unrealistic option for Figaro’s Alexis Bezet. Second, he really doubts a right-wing coalition agreement. “Still, the macronists would have to accept it and the right would have to accept it! (…) Can Emmanuel Macron still do it? While his successor is already in people’s minds, the risk of being left in history as the helpless bystander of a five-year era that died before it began has never been greater.

“The opening five-year period seems like terra incognita for Emmanuel Macron”, also believes in “Liberation” by Paul Quinio. “Who will force it to compose it, to discuss it, to negotiate it? And it would be an understatement to say that the President, with elected officials or intermediary institutions, has not been perfect in this practice for five years. »

“How will all this end if disagreement does not turn into reconciliation?” worries Florence Chédiotal in “The Mountain”. “If France continues to be manageable, it is very likely that the state will no longer be reformable,” adds she. “We’re entering the wall,” predicts Midi Libre’s Olivier Biscaye, “a great upheaval with no hope of coming back.”

While at “La République du Centre-Ouest”, Christophe Hérigault “sees the onset of a political, even institutional, crisis if the government fails to secure a majority of the conditions in five years from one bill to the next, so that the election promises of candidate Macron succeed”.